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State Parks releases study on proposed Oceano Dunes dust control measures

Reprinted from The Tribune, August 16, 2016

Public meeting will be August 23 in Grover Beach

A draft environmental impact report covering those dust control activities at Oceano Dunes is available for public review and comment.

State Parks published the document Aug.1, and the public has until Sept.16 to comment on it. Additionally, there will be a public meeting to discuss and comment on the EIR at 6p.m. Aug.23 at the Ramona Garden Park Center in Grover Beach.

High particulate levels have been linked to asthma and other lung problems as well as to cardiovascular disease.

State Parks is proposing a variety of measures over five years to control the amount of dust that blows from the park onto the Nipomo Mesa, where state standards for particulate matter were exceeded 62days in 2015 as a result of blowing dust from the park’s off-highway riding area.


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Los Padres NF announces closures on Santa Lucia District

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Rockfront Off-Highway Vehicle Area is affected

GOLETA, CA, June 6, 2016…Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the closure of the Rockfront Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area due to concerns related to dead and dying hazardous trees that pose a safety risk to visitors. The temporary closure is effective immediately.

This temporary closure includes Baja, Buck Springs and Paradise campgrounds, Rockfront OHV Staging Area, as well as the following trails: Upper 35 Canyon, Paradise, Branch Creek, Big Rocks, Jack Springs, Twin Rocks, Shaw Ridge, Logan Ridge, and Los Machos. These areas will remain closed until the public safety risk is mitigated by cutting the hazardous trees.

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Cal4Wheel meets with CA State Parks Director Lisa Mangat

Today Cal4Wheel met with California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat and Deputy Director Maria Mowery.  We wish to thank them for the opportunity to meet and listen to issues of concern to Cal4Wheel members.

Cal4Wheel provided a briefing paper outlining our points of concern that was used as the basis of the discussion.  Cal4 is calling for a permanent Deputy Director and a full complement of administration and staff to manage the nationally recognized OHMVR Program.

The discussion focused on the importance of the OHMVR Grants and Cooperative Agreements component.  Within that framework, while the 9 State Vehicle Recreation Areas are an important part, the partnership with federal partners is the main beneficiary of the OHMVR Grants program.

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